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Kawasaki city

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Kawasaki, the pioneer city for industry and research & development

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International Economics Unit, Administration Support Section, Administration Support Department, Economic and Labor Affairs Bureau

Kawasaki Frontier Building 10th floor 11-2 Ekimae-honcho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, 210-0007


Basic information

Population *1

1510 thousand

Labor force *1

702 thousand

Nominal GDP*2


Number of Establishments*3

43,956 establishments

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  1. *1

    Population Census 2015, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

  2. *2

    Prefectural Citizens'Economic Accounts 2018, Cabinet Office

  3. *3

    "2016 Economic Sensus", Statstics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Basic information updated on:Jan. 2022

Business Environment

Kawasaki City, which grew with manufacturing, has virtually transformed into a leading-edge international industrial city where many research and development institutes are located. KING SKYFRONT, where the most advanced medical research facilities gather, and other clusters of research and development function and industrial technologies provide an excellent potential for Kawasaki. There are major ICT companies, including DELL, NEC, Canon, Toshiba, and Fujitsu. Many large corporations, such as Mitsubishi Fuso, a leading bus and truck company, JFE Group, which has advanced green technologies, Ajinomoto, which produces food and amino acid-related products, and the headquarters of globally-known Toys "R" Us-Japan, Ltd, are also based in Kawasaki City.


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Industrial cluster information

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KING SKYFRONT, Tonomachi International Strategic Zone, is an open innovation hub that creates new industries from world-class R&D. It is in Kawasaki City's Tonomachi district, southwest of Haneda Airport on the opposite bank of the Tama River. In the area spanning about 40ha, KING SKYFRONT plays a vital role in Japan's growth strategy by maximizing the Keihin coastal areas' potential and contributing solutions for health, medical, welfare, and environmental issues through industry-academia-government collaboration while creating global businesses in these fields.
The has been designated as a National Strategic Special Zone, an International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone, and a Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance. Various preferential treatment systems, such as deregulation, financial support, and tax incentives, are available.

Local companies

Johnson and Johnson, PeptiDream

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Innovation Center of NanoMedicine, Life Science and Environment research center, and Life Innovation Center

Environment and energy

Kawasaki City has a cluster of various companies with advanced pollution prevention and environmental technologies developed and accumulated in combating severe pollution problems in the past. Kawasaki City regards the promotion of environment-related industries that contribute to realizing a sustainable society in which the environment and industry coexist in harmony as a vital pillar of industrial development and aims to accumulate a wide range of businesses with environmental technologies and facilitate cooperation among them.

Local companies

JFE Group, Fujitsu, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Showa Denko, and Tokyo Electric Power

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Kawasaki Environment Research Institute (KERI), Kawasaki Eco Gurashi Miraikan


Living environment

Kawasaki has a mild climate with a low crime rate, and it is a comfortable place to live.
In 1996, the Kawasaki City Representative Assembly for Foreign Residents, the first of its kind in Japan, was established by ordinance to reflect foreign residents' views in City administration. In 2005 the City drafted the Kawasaki Multicultural Symbiotic Society Promotion Plan, one of many steps to create a multicultural society of self-reliant residents living together harmoniously. Furthermore, the City has developed social infrastructure so that foreign residents can enjoy civic life with ease. For example, Kawasaki City provides disaster prevention information in seven languages, information on health care services that offer foreign language services, and counseling services for foreign residents.

Hospitals with foreign language support

Logistics and infrastructures

All land, air, and sea routes are well-developed, providing efficient and seamless access from abroad or within the country.
There has been a clustering of cutting-edge technologies in the environment, health/welfare/medical care, and R&D functions in the Tonomachi 3-chome district, located on the Tama River's opposite side of Haneda Airport across the Tama River. In conjunction with Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama City, Kawasaki City has continued to take full advantage of the state-backed Comprehensive Special Zone Program and National Strategic Special Zones by building more business sites. Similarly, the City is striving to create a world-class R&D site that will act as the driving force behind Japan's economic growth and continue investment in the infrastructure.

It takes 8 minutes from Shinagawa Station or Yokohama Station, and 18 minutes from Tokyo Station by train. It is easy to travel to other major cities in Japan using the Shinkansen. JR and private railway lines also run through Kawasaki City, giving it convenient access to other cities. Haneda Airport is about 30 minutes by train. The new Haneda Airport Access Road, scheduled to open by the end of March 2022, will connect the Airport with the City's coastal area, only a few minutes by car and a little more than 10 minutes on foot.

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International Economics Unit, Administration Support Section, Administration Support Department, Economic and Labor Affairs Bureau, Kawasaki City

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